New VMware fling: Onyx for the Web Client

PowerCLI logoVMware Onyx has been a very popular fling for many years. You can use Onyx to create PowerCLI code by performing actions in the VMware vSphere client. The created PowerCLI code does exactly what you did in the client. The PowerCLI code can easily be adapted to your own needs.

Unfortunately Onyx was not available for the vSphere Web Client. This was a pitty because since vSphere 5.1, new features were not built into the vSphere client. So you could not use Onyx to create PowerCLI for the new vSphere features. I am very happy that VMware now has released a new fling: Onyx for the Web Client.

Installing Onyx for the Web Client

Onyx for the Web Client requires vSphere Web Client version 6.0. Because the installation of Onyx for the Web Client replaces core Web Client files, VMware recommends to install Onyx for the Web Client in a test or development environment only.

Onyx for the Web Client comes with an installation guide, that shows you how to install the software on a Virtual Center Virtual Appliance (VCVA) or on vCenter for Windows.

Using Onyx for the Web Client

The next screen shot shows you Onyx for the Web Client in action. In the top left corner of the window you will see two new buttons. The left button is the start and stop recording button. After starting a recording, PowerCLI code will be created for all of the actions you perform in the web client. To stop recording, push the same button again.

Clicking on the button on the right, will open the Onyx window you can see in the screen shot. The Onyx window shows you the created PowerCLI code.

Onyx for the Web Client screen shot

Onyx for the Web Client screen shot

Downloading Onyx for the Web Client

You can download Onyx for the Web Client and all of the other VMware flings from: Onyx for the Web Client

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About Robert van den Nieuwendijk
Robert van den Nieuwendijk is a freelance senior systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. He focusses on VMware vCloud Suite and Microsoft Windows Server. He tries to automate as much of his work as possible using Microsoft PowerShell. Robert is the author of the books “Learning PowerCLI” and “Learning PowerCLI – Second Edition.” Robert is a frequent contributor and moderator at the VMware VMTN Communities. He has a bachelor degree in software engineering and holds the following IT certifications and accreditations: VSP 2016, VTSP 2016, VCP4-DCV, VCP5-DCV, VCP6-Cloud, VCP6-CMA, VCA-Cloud, VCA-WM, VCA-NV, VMSP, VMTSP, ZCS, ZCP, ZCP-Cloud, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCP+I, PRINCE2 Foundation and ITIL Foundation. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Robert received the VMware vExpert award for his contribution to the community of VMware users over the past year. PernixData made him in 2015 a member of the PernixPro.

One Response to New VMware fling: Onyx for the Web Client

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